Survey: Enterprise PC Security Faces Changes

IT analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group says that the stale state of the PC security market may be about to change. The ESG report Desktop Security at the Crossroads surveys 206 security IT professionals and found respondents see little or no difference in anti-spam, anti-virus or firewalls. The study also found IT interest beyond simple one-size-fits-all security.

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Respondent organizations ranged in size from 1,000 to over 20,000 employees.

"The conclusions of the ESG report demonstrate that the PC security market is in a rapid state of transition that will drive changes in the way these products are designed, marketed, and sold in the near future," said Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst at ESG and the author of this report.

Among ESG's key conclusions:

  • A majority of security professionals believe that PC security software is a commodity market with little difference between vendors and products. This sentiment is consistent across large and small organizations.
  • Far more enterprise organizations claim that they are likely to switch PC security vendors than maintain current relationships when their PC security subscriptions run out.
  • More than three-quarters of organizations are evaluating Microsoft Forefront desktop security, plan to evaluate Microsoft Forefront desktop, or are open to doing so.

  • "ESG believes that the days of 'one-size-fits-all' desktop security products are over. Rather than develop generic security software tools, vendors must tailor their future PC security products to the needs of specific market segments," Oltsik added. "We are already seeing bundled products for small businesses and consumers and ESG's research indicates that this trend is just beginning. This will certainly change the fundamentals in this marketplace as it impacts the way these products are designed, priced, marketed, and sold," he said.

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